Wing From Turkey, joined Oct 2000, 1552 posts, RR: 25 Posted (6 years 4 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 3466 times:
My climb performance is constantly decreasing in the recent years since I left the 737,I was complaining about the fully loaded A321 performance but in the near future 1000fpm climb will be a nice memory for me.
Any way I will start my training next week and simulators will be 4 sessions beginning of the february.By the 5 th of the february I will be transitioned to A340.That's Airbus family is all about.
On a side note I was 75 kgs when I started 737400,I gained 3 kgs as I was a 737800 pilot.When I was on the A 320 family I gradually gained weight to 82 kgs.After my wife got pregnant I kind of gained weight with her(I was thinking that was physicological) but I should have thought A "wide body" was coming .Now I am 85 kgs and I am begging THY,not to buy A380,I can't imagine what I will be next if I go to A380
Zeke From Hong Kong, joined Dec 2006, 7725 posts, RR: 73 Reply 8, posted (6 years 4 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 3350 times:
From the minibus, the fuel system is a little different (4 engines and a trim tank), so is electrics (4 generators and no break power transfer so you dont gent the minibus clunk when a generator comes online), some one moved the park brake (alternate and park on blue HYD), an extra MCDU the rest should look familiar. Does not have the same tendency to go into direct law if someone sneezes, ECAM is also better.
No more EXP climb of descent either ... now you have an alt button.. ENG parameters on the ND as well...only one landing light switch
No more ELACs and SECs, now PRIMs and SECs, no more FMGC, now you have a FMEGC...
Engine out in cruise...hey so easy !!!
You will now be able to do derated takeoffs and climbs as well ! and dump fuel capability !!
There you go, conversion course finished !
P.S. remember to flare at the 40' call and to over steer through the corners !!!
We are addicted to our thoughts. We cannot change anything if we cannot change our thinking – Santosh Kalwar
Slamclick,Thank you for the compliments.I would like to assure you that even if we may not physically share the A340 with you, very valuable knowledge I learned from you is always flying with me where ever I go.So any time if you decide to fly one of our routes there will be a seat available in the cockpit for you (The same offer goes for Zeke and Pihero too)Hey Pihero maybe you don't remember but your beer are still in the refrigirator waiting for your Istanbul layover...I will be needing "jet lag" advices from Philsquares also.
By the way we start with A340 and in the next 6 months recurrent simulator we also transition to A330-which I jumpseated once to amaze by its performance-looking forward to lay my hands on it.
Our rotes currently served as far as know from Istanbul;Newyork,Chicago,Tokio,Shangai,Hong Kong,Bangkong,Seoul,Singapore,Jeddah are all layover destinations.Capetown, Johannesburg and Canada(don't know which) are the next ER destinations.South America will be in the target list of THY very soon but as I am not very familiar with the schedules I amnot surewhich destinations and when they will be available.
Pihero From France, joined Jan 2005, 3495 posts, RR: 72 Reply 12, posted (6 years 4 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3095 times:
Hi, Wings !
Sorry, I've been quite busy with Long range 319s for some time and I was planning to bid for an IST layover for March.
First of all, CONGRATS ! you'll love the 340 and you'll positively ADORE the 330.
Apart from what Zeke told you, I'd advise you to take a long look at the Airbus brochures, in particular the "Getting to grips with..." series. I'd recommend the "...cost index" and the "...aircraft performance ".
PM me if you can't find them.
Now two questions :
1/-Aren't you coming close to your command course, now ?
2/- Do you intend to lose those extra kilos, and how ?
TK787 From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 4104 posts, RR: 13 Reply 13, posted (6 years 4 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 2999 times:
Congratulations on your upgrade. When you mentioned simulators last week, I thought you meant 320s, not the big ones. It will be a pleasure to fly with you, since I do the JFK-IST at least twice a year.
FredT From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2002, 2184 posts, RR: 26 Reply 16, posted (6 years 4 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 2696 times:
Congrats, Wing! Conversion training is IMO one of the most interesting aspects of this industry, as it really highlights the good and the bad in what we engineers have created. If you find time, do post every once in a while on how you find it all.
I thought I was doing good trying to avoid those airport hotels... and look at me now.
BoeingOnFinal From Norway, joined Apr 2006, 476 posts, RR: 0 Reply 17, posted (6 years 4 months 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 2670 times:
Congratulations Wing. I have seen your latest trip report, and it is really something else to see pictures and read about how you are enjoying this profession.
Don't be surprised if you get some stupid question from an aspiring PPL student in your PM box
As I have gotten well into my PPL studies, I find that the more I learn, the more exciting it gets! You would think that the first flight and the first book is the most fun experience, and then it's all downhill from there. Well I've experienced it quite opposite, at least from the brief period as a pilot student.
So, do you feel like that as well working in the profession, or does that change the minute you get a full-time job?
CX flyboy From Hong Kong, joined Dec 1999, 6341 posts, RR: 56 Reply 18, posted (6 years 4 months 21 hours ago) and read 2516 times:
The main problem will not be getting used to the new computers or anything like that on the A340, but the hardest thing will be getting used to just sitting there in the dark for hours and hours, staring into the dark night when your wife and baby are asleep and you are doing your best to stay awake. It is a feeling that unforunately I know well from my 744 days and unfortunately will get to know again when our 777-300ERs arrive. Drop me a line when you visit Hong Kong sometime!!
Wing From Turkey, joined Oct 2000, 1552 posts, RR: 25 Reply 20, posted (6 years 4 months 16 hours ago) and read 2457 times:
Thanks guys for the best wishes,started to study already,I am not going with the "differences" but actually going allover again from the very beginning.Its taking time and sometimes a little bit hard especially if you have a 3 month old monster at home.
Quoting Pihero (Reply 12): 1/-Aren't you coming close to your command course, now ?
I am kind of unlucky on that.I started my airline career and spend 4 years at Pegasus,almost climbed to the upper ranks at the FO seniority list I had to leave the company consequences of the US-Iraq war.I spent(wasted) very valuable time at Turkish Cyprus Airline(worlds most stupid airline).Finally as I joined THY,the end of the FO seniority list,I am guessing around 3-4 more years in the A340 fleet before I can promote to left side, back in the A320 family.
Quoting Pihero (Reply 12): 2/- Do you intend to lose those extra kilos, and how ?
I was kind of hoping help of 12 FA's during the long layovers
Quoting TK787 (Reply 13): When you mentioned simulators last week, I thought you meant 320s, not the big ones. It will be a pleasure to fly with you, since I do the JFK-IST at least twice a year.
Actually I meant that you are right,I wasnt informed of this when I wrote that,next day I saw my name on the A340 list,I will be plesed to host you on TK1,TK2,Hope we can do that.
Quoting CX flyboy (Reply 18): but the hardest thing will be getting used to just sitting there in the dark for hours and hours, staring into the dark night when your wife and baby are asleep and you are doing your best to stay awake
I think I will find hardest to be away this much(I had layovers but one or two nights tops on A320) from my family and especially from my baby.
On the other hand that baby is my simulator of staying awake during the long nights nowadays.
Wing From Turkey, joined Oct 2000, 1552 posts, RR: 25 Reply 22, posted (6 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2152 times:
Unfortunately disappointing news today.
Due to some family and company reasons I had to request a transfer back to A 320 fleet yesterday.As I havent been to simulator session yet it is accepted.
I have my military service coming in this year,I will be out of THY for 6 months so the A340 fleet doesn't want to loose a person in a short while after finishing the trainings and everything.They request me to postphone my military service for the next year but on the other side I have a new born child and I want to arrange my service according to my families' needs.
I talked this with the chief pilot and requested to stay in the A320 fleet until I am back from the army.
As a result you(and me) have to wait a little bit more to learn what its like to fly the A340.
Oh well Im glad I didnt throw my thick socks and blankets,as I am back in A320 besides I haven't finished writing the series
Pihero From France, joined Jan 2005, 3495 posts, RR: 72 Reply 23, posted (6 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 2088 times:
When I first read your initial post, I said to myself "Bad timing, Wing !" and I honestly think that your course postponement is a blessing in disguise .
As you well know, the amount of study and the rhythm of a conversion course would put you right inside the "No Disturb" population, at the exact moment wifie and Junior would need you the most..
Then, starting long haul when Junior is growing up (so fast you wouldn't believe it) would make you miss the most important steps of his childhood . Remember when you come back after 8 days or more around the globe, you'll find your wife and child having developed a nice rapport and you'll be -at least the first two days off - the intruder...needing to be kept au fait of his progress...and of course, you'll be leaving for another trip before you've completed your "update" !...and so on and so on...
So, keep enjoying the baby Bus and yours at the same time... and keep writing here, as I enjoy your posts !